Plymouth Marjon University receives £1.8million in order to reduce their environmental impact

In a tweet, released on the 18th March 2021, Plymouth Marjon University have claimed that they have had a successful application resulting them receiving £1.8 million so that they can decarbonise their campus.

Not only will they be reducing their carbon footprint, but Marjon will also be reducing their costs in electricity- this will be done through the installation of solar panels and LED lights.

Over the course of the installation, scaffolding has been built up, surrounding the affected halls of accommodation. For some students, the noise has been disruptive- not only to their sleep but to their online lectures.

Accommodation Officer, Alison Spencer, recently emailed the affected students across the multitude of halls, informing them that “there have been some unavoidable changes to the original schedule for the solar panel works”- showing the great communication between staff and students at Marjon.

Concluding the email that showed the dates of which works will take place or scaffolding will be put up/taken down, sincerity is shown to those affected through the ending line of- “We realise this has been disruptive and really appreciate your patience in this.”.

The application was accepted by the Salix Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Reducing carbon emissions is something that businesses are hoping to do in the future, improving their public image whilst benefitting themselves.

Director of Estates, John Bailey, has said that “It’s great to be making changes that will be helping towards the long-term protection of the planet and wildlife that we see every day”- showing the love that he has toward Plymouth’s natural features.

Similarly to Bailey’s views, Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rob Warner added: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Marjon to go greener, and a decisive step in our response to the climate emergency.”

Financially, it is estimated that the energy saving installations will also reduce Marjon’s energy bill by around £400,000 a year. Alongside this benefit, Marjon will be saving approximately 300 tonnes of carbon, which is an 18% reduction of the campus’ current output- illustrating how progressive Marjon is in terms of the protection of our futures.

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